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Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 06:35 PM PST

A diary for the quieter victories

by JamesB3

I know all this has probably been discussed in various other diaries, but since the Congressional elections, the White House win, various high-profile propositions have been heavy topics of conversation, I thought we might want to talk about the smaller but sometimes no less important local victories. A state legislative seat, or city council, or judge, or ballot measure.

Do you have any you want to crow about?


I know this may not get a lot of comments, but I felt like I had to write something about this Sunday's episode of the CBS crime drama "Cold Case".

In recent years on TV, I've seen shows that tell me gay men are asexual and vapid, that lesbians exist as the butt of jokes unless they can find a man to turn them straight, that bisexuals and transgenders are incestuous and/or serial killers, that gay teenagers are only gay because they're bad people and because they want to infuriate their parents. I've even seen an FX show that made a hero out of a man who beat a gay man so badly that he had to be put into a medical coma.

What I haven't seen on most TV shows, especially network TV shows, is a simple, moving love story between gay men.

Until this Sunday.

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[Promoted by DHinMI: This is an excellent corrective to the "Karl Rove controls the universe" bs, a great callout of the LA Times for not pointing out that the reporters who wrote a fawning article about Rove have a personal (and financial) interest in pushing the Rove myth, and--with this excellent comment by Michael1104 --a good rebuttal to the wailings of those who so fear the GOP that they can't imagine that if we work hard and get some breaks we could do very well next Tuesday]

I don't hold any illusions about the role of the media in enabling those Republicans in power. I also see Karl Rove is a smart guy and is not to be underestimated. There are reasons to see him as a huge force for the GOP. What I don't need to see is a "respected" national newspaper like LA Times turn into a weak-kneed fangirl/fanboy. Nor do I care about seeing them fail to mention the history of their reporters (in this case, Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten).

The title says it all:

"GOP at a loss? Karl Rove has an 11th-hour plan to win"

Now let's wade through some of the rest:

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This isn't the first diary to mention the Melissa Hart-Jason Altmire race, and may not be the last. I don't expect this to get a lot of traffic. I just wanted to mention the race because even though the DCCC has been putting forth some effort for Altmire, this race could easily be overshadowed by the marquee PA House races. I think this seat is actually more winnable than some of those races.

In 2000, Hart won a Dem-held seat when the incumbent, Ron Klink, ran against Santorum. She was the first Republican elected there in 20 years. Her area has many Democratic voters, but they do lean on the socially conservative side. She is far to the right on gay rights, on stem cell research, you name it. But Bob Casey should do well in this district, and Altmire has gone from being a total underdog to tying Hart in independent polling.

Why is defeating Hart so important?

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I asked this back in 2004, but a lot can change in 2 years. In your opinion, what is the best Dem Party in the US, the worst Dem Party, the best GOP Party, and the worst GOP Party? I know back in 2004 Ohio was considered the worst or one of the worst Democratic parties - has that changed? Has their state party improved? I know California's Dem party isn't at its best right now, to say the least. The same can also be said for NY's GOP.

What do you think?


Tue Oct 03, 2006 at 09:09 PM PDT

We Don't Want You, Mark Foley

by JamesB3

Many people have this belief that gays all think alike, look alike, act alike, and have the same agenda. Anything that one of us does is blamed on the entire community. So I am going to take this opportunity to use the "royal we" about Mark Foley.

This is what Mark Foley's lawyer said today:

"Mark Foley wants you to know he is a gay man,"

This is what I have to say:

We don't want you.

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Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 01:58 AM PDT

TN-SEN: New poll FORD 43% CORKER 42%

by JamesB3

I checked and I didn't see any other diaries on this. So for the few of you who are still up tonight:

In the new Mason-Dixon poll, conducted from 9/25 to 9/27, Ford leads by 1 point, otherwise known as a dead heat.

That's a far cry from M-D's July results:

A similar poll of the two candidates in July showed Mr. Corker with a 13-point advantage, which has evaporated after almost two months of aggressive campaign advertising by the Tennessee congressman.
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Dan Savage wonders why more progressives haven't focused on the 48th district's state senate race. Although I don't agree with all that he says, I do think this is an important race.
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In Iowa and South Dakota yesterday, a total of 7 Republican legislative incumbents were defeated in primaries by more far right challengers. I'll list those who lost. Can any of you who are familiar with IA or SD tell us more about this area, if there are any Democrats running, and if not, any Democrats who could run? Are any of these districts winnable?
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I haven't seen a lot of discussion here about the 2006 Oklahoma elections, maybe because none of the races are considered competitive in a way that has national implications, or because many of the Democrats in Oklahoma are very conservative, therefore it's hard to really work up interest in their campaigns. But I'm still interested in what will happen in the state this year, and the governor's office is definitely important to have.
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As if poor beleagured Ernie Fletcher (in the midst of a witch hunt by Partisan Democrats Gone Wild!) didn't have enough to deal with, his lieutenant governor opted out of a second term last week, but said he would stay in office until his current term expired. Admidst speculation that Pence will run in the 2007 GOP primary against Fletcher,  Fletcher asked him to resign immediately. Pence said no and Fletcher's people essentially had a little fit.
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In 2004, Democrats managed to win enough races to tie Republicans for the number of seats in the Iowa state senate. Control of any body of the state legislature in Iowa is crucial not only to help the people in that state, but also because Iowa is such an important state in Presidential primaries and elections.

Obviously, Republicans are making a concerted effort to win back the state senate. Through focusing on Iowa state senate district 31, you can help keep this race in Democratic hands. But the story is more complicated than just Democrat vs. Republican. This starts with the primary battle between incumbent Democratic senator Matt McCoy and his opponent, Gary Randa...

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